Nowadays, it has become urgent to identify new molecules harmless to human and environment to replace pesticides.
Recent techniques using RNA interference (RNAi), which define the ability of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) to inhibit the expression of target pathogen genes by silencing, have been suggested for crop protection in an environmental-friendly way. Host-induced gene silencing (HIGS) and spray-induced gene silencing (SIGS) are strategies based on the use of dsRNAs directly in planta or on plant surfaces. The use of new small natural molecule in developing plant defence strategies is considered more efficient and safe for environment and consumers. More tools and more knowledge are needed to assess its efficiency in fruit crops, e.g. strawberry, and against different fungal pathogens.
The Med-Berry objectives are:
• RNAi resistant plants (HIGS) and RNAi resistance inducer products (SIGS).
• Evaluate risk and benefits of new RNAi resistant plants (HIGS) and RNAi resistance inducer
• Improve public acceptance of new RNAi resistant plants (HIGS) and RNAi resistance inducer products (SIGS).